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Keppel bags LNG-powered vessel work

By  Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:57
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Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured work from Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii for the construction of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled containerships.

Worth more than US$400 million, the dual fuel LNG vessels will be built by its US-based subsidiary Keppel AmFELS, with delivery of the vessels expected in Q1 and Q3 2020 respectively.

Keppel AmFELS president Simon Lee said building these ships will have a direct impact on American jobs at the firm’s shipyard and suppliers across the country.

“[Therefore] we are pleased that Pasha has chosen us to build their first two LNG fueled containerships to our innovative design,” he said.

The 774ft Jones Act vessels will be able to carry 2525 TEUs, including a fully laden capacity of 500 45ft containers, 400 refrigerated containers, and 300 40-foot dry containers, with a sailing speed of 23 knots. The ship's hull has been fully optimized using computational fluid dynamics and will be one of the most hydrodynamically efficient hulls in the world.

The containerships will be able to run completely on LNG fuel, dramatically reducing their environmental impact and increasing fuel efficiency. Energy savings will also be achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimized hull form, and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.

Lately, Keppel has been in the forefront of developing vessels that can run on LNG. In May, its subsidiary Keppel Singmarine secured a SG$103 million contract to build two LNG carrier vessels for Oslo-listed Stolt-Nielsen.

Expected to be completed in Q2 and Q3 2019 separately, both vessels will come equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG. The carriers will have a class notation for bunkering which adds to their versatility to not only transport but also provide LNG bunkering services if required.

According to Keppel, when compared to conventional fuels, LNG is a much cleaner alternative fuel for shipping and offers significant environmental benefits, including the reduction of up to 95% sulphur oxides, nearly 100% particulate matter, up to 90% nitrogen oxides, and up to 25% carbon dioxide emissions from engine exhaust emissions. 

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